Fifth-grader Dashiell Miller-Rao, left, explains to Judge (and Orange High School Assistant Principal) Jasmine Ferguson the benefits of the “Fire B-Gone” project he and his classmate Graham Fistek, center, created for the Moreland Hills Elementary School Invention Convention. Dashiell explained that the creation would alert people that a fire is in the vicinity and spray water to eliminate it before it reaches their house or building.

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Orange’s Invention Convention

At this year’s Invention Convention, 18 Moreland Hills Elementary School fifth-graders collaborated and designed 10 different projects to help make people’s lives easier.

The fifth-grade groups researched solutions, built their prototype and wrote an elevator pitch for their inventions that they presented to judges. Students also answered questions from the judges as they presented. The winning projects “The Gas Turner,” “Dude, Where’s my Credit Card?” and “Super Heat 2000!” will move on to the regional/state competition at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Aug. 2.

Make FabLab creations at Brady

The next Maker Wednesdays open lab hours at the Brady Middle School FabLab is scheduled for Feb. 26 from 6-9 p.m. on the Orange schools campus, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike. Community members can learn to use digital fabrication tools. Access to the FabLab is free, but there is a 25-person cap. Purchase materials or bring your own. Acrylic must be purchased at the Lab. Visit for more information.

Go ‘Wild for Orange’

Orange Schools Foundation will host “Wild for Orange,” a family event at the Cleveland Monsters hockey game at the Rocket Mortgage Field House, on April 5 from noon to 5 p.m.

Enjoy STEM activities like a behind-the-scenes view of how the arena gets ready for a game and the chance to interact with the Humungotron. Prizes for the silent auction will include a Zamboni ride during the game and skating on the arena ice. Tickets are $45, but children 2 years old and younger get in free (lap seat). For tickets, visit For those interested in becoming a sponsor, making a donation or contributing to the auction, visit

Register for kindergarten

Register for Moreland Hills Elementary School kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year on Feb. 11 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Feb. 13 from 7-11 a.m. at the Orange schools campus, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike. Children must turn 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2020 to register. After March 1, call 216-839-1950 for registration information or visit

LEAP partnership helps student

On a blistery day in December, Orange High School student Sean Dickinson fed the goats and prepared the horse stalls at Rising River Farm. The Orange City School District and Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) help students with disabilities. Sean’s parents said they think highly of LEAP and said Sean’s job coach got to know Sean and motivated him. To learn more, visit

Pride Powers recipients

This week’s Pride Powers recipients at Moreland Hills Elementary School are Maggie Sprinkle’s kindergarten class, Carlynn Ondercin’s first-grade class, Maria Kehres’ fourth-grade class and Scott Hastings’ fifth-grade class. Each week, the elementary school bestows four classrooms with a traveling trophy for exhibiting their Pride Powers: “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Engaged.”

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